My response was, "Cutting corrugated sheet metal."
And it's true. My counter service regularly reports one or two hits a day (sometimes more if it is a weekend) on my posts about cutting and attaching the corrugated sheet metal for my shed roof.
Now, I am nothing if not quick on the draw, and from the evidence of these data, it occurs to me--not for the first time--that though there is an almost unlimited font of general information on "how-to-ness" on the interwebs, there is something of a dirth of info on the particulars, particularly if the particulars involve some stickiness of doing.
To wit, you might have run across this eHow-to-DIY article: "Build a shed! Attach a corrugated sheet metal roof! Move on to your next project!"
And so what happens? Some poor chump like me builds a shed, gets to the part where she/he is about to attach the corrugated sheet metal to the roof and thinks, "Whuuuuuh? How do I cut this crazy stuff?"
Here is something that might surprise you, though, as it did me: I very nearly didn't publish those posts. I mean after all, this is a gardening/cycling blog, not a how-to blog, and my regular readers might be put off by such nonsense.
Let's skip to something else that happened at Buffa10: I noticed that garden bloggers talk a lot about plants.
No, I mean a LOT.
Case in point: One of the stops on our many garden tours was a test garden for a Nationally Known Plant Purveyor. Bloggers piled out of the buses and much "oohing" and "ahhing" commenced, with people wandering to and fro exclaiming over "this new version of X, and "that new, bigger, better, version of Y," and "here's a plant I hadn't thought of using before in my clients' gardens," and so on, and so on.
Ok, those blue flowers are pretty enough, and you can tell everyone else thought so by all the orange flags (we were supposed to mark what we liked). Me? I kept looking around for something interesting, like a bench, or an arbor, or maybe a flagstone path. In a word: structure.
Later, we went to a fancy nursery for lunch. Here are a few of photos I took of the experience:
A custom shed for sale.
A clever window latch design in the shed.
Some tidy shelves in the shed.
Not a shrub or flower pic to be found.
And so one evening while we were all sitting around talking, something occurred to me. I'm not so much a plant person as a garden design person. More to the point, I am a structures person. It gave me pause to realize this, but you regular readers of "The Bike Garden" are probably not surprised by this revelation at all. I don't have a lot of posts about plants themselves, but I've got posts out the wazoo about building things for the garden. Part of the reason is that there are plant people out there, most of whom I am unfit to tie the garden boots of--or something like that--and why should I write a species account for Nickolodea nickolodean when someone else has not only already done it, they have done it better than I ever could dream of doing it.
The same is also true of their garden designing chops, to which I can't hold a candle. To mix metaphors.
But the truth is, I write so many posts about building things because, well, I really like to build things. I've long suspected that this is true, but I guess I haven't fully embraced it as a Big Part of Who I Am.
Until now. Moreover, I am willing to accept that it is and probably will continue to be a big part of these pages. And maybe that's OK for a garden blog.
Here's why I bring all this up: There's jack-squat happening in my garden right now. The squirrels have eaten everything that is not ornamental, and everything that is ornamental is looking pretty stunned and tattered as we stagger out of August. So I'm not all that busy out in the garden.
OK, I am not doing anything at all out there. Nada.
It doesn't mean I'll never do anything out there again; it just means I have nothing to report at this time. And, as I've pointed out, it doesn't make any sense for me to write up something garden-ish just for the sake of writing about gardens. It isn't as if I'm doing nothing at all, though. For one, I am working on building a blanket chest to hold my quilts. I've hesitated to write too much about it, however, since I don't want to drive away my regular readers, who come here expecting to see something about gardens, or bikes, or cartoon chickens, or some combination thereof. But the problem with that plan is that it leaves me with nothing about which to write. And so my posting drops off...
Ah, Conundrum. Why do you torment me so?
I've been thinking about this for a couple of weeks, and I've decided not to worry about it. Right now, I'm woodworking, and so most of my posts are going to be about that. I hope those of you who wander by these pages are not going to be too disappointed by it. Sooner or later, my gaze will turn once more to gardening shores. I may even combine the two again shortly, as there's this mini-greenhouse/cold frame that I'm toying with in my head. And certainly, Pearl and Henrietta will be sauntering through here on a semi-regular basis. This little evolution in the blog is just that, a natural outgrowth. Who knows, maybe I'm even moving into a niche for "garden blogs for people who want to build things for their gardens," and thereby providing aid and comfort to those people looking for info on the sticky bits of "how-to."
Additional snappy shed shelves.
See you in the funny papers.